Lanesboro Community College student receives highly commended in BT Young Scientist 2018

Longford’s only award in BTYS 2018 went to Lanesboro Community Colleges Fifth year student Brian Lyons

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Lanesboro Community College student receives highly commended in BT Young Scientist 2018

Michael Lyons, a science teacher at Lanesboro Community College pictured with Brian Lyons

This year was another very successful year for Lanesboro Community College with 4 projects on display in the RDS at the BT Young Scientist 2018.

As expected the students thoroughly enjoyed the experience describing the atmosphere as electric.  It was a wonderful opportunity for all involved to present their projects to the public and to the judges. 

On project stood out for the judges with 5th year student Brian Lyons delighted to be highly commended by the judges for his project “The cure for poor health literacy:  An investigation into the readability of public health resources”.  This project investigated if the readability of public health information was acting as a barrier to people understanding their own health care.  

Brian explains that his project tested several public health resources using 3 reading tests to assess how easy or difficult it was to read.  He found that the majority of public health resources were not of the recommended reading level which meant they were potentially a barrier to those accessing health information.  Brian was delighted with the experience where he got to meet ministers and the president and he was particularly elated to receive an award for his hard work.  

Commenting on the schools success, Principal Bernice Martin said: “We are delighted to have 4 projects qualify for the BT Young Scientist and it is a wonderful experience for all the students involved to develop their study of science outside of the classroom and apply it to everyday life. All of the students have worked very hard on their projects and should be very proud of their achievements.  It takes great skill to investigate an idea from start to finish and to present your findings to the public and the judges.